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PESI Book Club: August 2019

Check out this month's featured books and free worksheets!

PESI Team

Summer isn’t over yet! Check out these essential reads for August.

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The Rise of Suicide and Trauma in Teens

How "13 Reasons Why" Missed the Mark

Meagan Houston, Ph.D., SAP

Whether you find the show compelling or troublesome, one thing is certain: We need to talk about the rise of teen suicide and trauma in kids and teens. That’s why we created a free, one hour online CE seminar designed for clinicians, educators, and even parents to learn how to talk about suicide and mental health with teens. Read more to get instant access...

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Trauma Survivors and Self-Care

11 Practices to Promote Wellbeing

Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA

How can you help your clients work on increasing acts of self-care? Keeping in mind that self-care can manifest in different ways, consider suggesting these 11 practices as "homework assignments" to promote wellbeing...

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Dr. Bessel van der Kolk Demonstrates the Position of Joy

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

When the body is frozen in a position of terror, it's not possible to feel joy ... BUT in contrast, when the body is in a position of joy and openness, it's not possible to feel terror. In this short video, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk demonstrates the Position of Joy and shows you how it changes the way you take in emotions.

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Lizard Brain: How it impacts EVERY trauma treatment plan

...and what you can do about it

Robert Rhoton, PsyD, LPC, D.A.A.E.T.S.

When a child with behavior challenges enters our office, we instantly go into teach mode to tell them how to change their behaviors. Why? Because we don't know what else to do.

But the child's behavior doesn't improve. It's not because they're willful, or bad, or even because they don't care. It's because the lasting impacts of trauma have the children in your practice stuck in "lizard brain." In this short video, I explain why lizard brain impacts every trauma treatment plan you create...

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VIDEO: Bessel van der Kolk on Effective Trauma Treatment with EMDR

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

Trauma is about horror. A horrendous reality that you don't want to remember...

Our clients are often dealing with the unspeakable. Are you using tools that promote healing, or are you re-traumatizing the people who've come to you for help?

Listen to this fascinating case in this free short video —and learn insights on the ONE TOOL all trauma therapists should have.

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Fifth Annual Joining Forces Wellness Week Highlights Health Care Needs of Veterans, Military Service Members and Their Families

PESI

Joining Forces Wellness Week takes place Nov. 7-11. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in collaboration with the White House Joining Forces staff and the Center for Deployment Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, will show a free webinar series on the health and wellness of military service members and veterans. Professionals will earn one free hour of CE credit for each webinar they attend.

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SongwritingWith:Soldiers—Rebuilding lives shattered by PTSD

PESIinc

Flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts...lingering symptoms that plague combat veterans struggling with PTSD. Now there is an innovative treatment for those looking to heal. Check it out...

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Emotional Freedom Technique: Tapping to better emotional health

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD

Can you tap yourself to better emotional health? Watch and learn as Linda Curran, LPC and president of Integrative Trauma Treatment, LLC, demonstrates EFT.

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